Ed Harris (born November 28, 1950) is an American actor. He was born Edward Allen Harris in Tenafly, New Jersey, as the son of a singer. He was a star athlete in high school and won a sports scholarship to Columbia University. Two years later his family moved to Oklahoma and he followed after having discovered his interest in acting in various theater plays. He enrolled at Oklahoma University to study drama. After several successful roles in the local theater, he moved to Los Angeles, California, and enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts.
Harris' first important film role was in Borderline with Charles Bronson, where he played a killer. In Knightriders he played a motorcycle stunt rider in a role modeled after that of King Arthur. In 1983, he became a star, playing astronaut John Glenn in The Right Stuff.
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